Dentures have come a long way in recent years. Modern models are more natural-looking and comfortable than ever. But getting the right fit is essential. If your dentures are loose, feel too tight, or if the fit just feels “off,” don’t wait to get help. Ignoring ill-fitting dentures can affect everything from your nutrition and self-esteem to your gum health.
At the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry, prosthodontist Dr. Ramin Mahallati and our dental team offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry services at our state-of-the-art dental practice in Beverly Hills, California.
Why you shouldn’t ignore ill-fitting dentures
Dentures are one of the most affordable and reliable restorations to replace missing teeth and give you back your smile. With several options to choose from, there is an option for everyone — whether you’ve recently experienced tooth loss or have been living with missing teeth for some time. But without the right fit, you can find yourself struggling to eat, speak clearly, and smile without discomfort and embarrassment.
First, ill-fitting dentures can slip out of place or even fall out of your mouth while you’re trying to eat or during a conversation. They can also cause friction between your gums and the appliance, which can be painful and produce sores or cuts that can lead to an infection or gum irritation.
What to do if your dentures don’t fit
Discomfort and loose-fitting dentures are two of the most common signs that your dentures need adjusting, but there are other signs of ill-fitting dentures, including:
- Slurred speech or changes in your speech patterns
- The alignment between your upper and lower dentures feels off
- Pressure sores on your gums or the inside of your cheeks
- Sunken cheeks or changes to your face shape
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- Broken or chipped teeth
Bone loss can cause your gums to shrink, so even dentures with a nearly perfect fit can become loose and ill-fitting over time. Changes to how well your dentures fit can also be subtle, so don’t hesitate to contact our office if you notice even the slightest change.
Don’t try to fix or adjust your dentures at home. That can make the problem worse or damage the appliance.
Getting the most out of your dentures
Caring for your dentures as instructed, practicing good oral hygiene, and visiting our office for regular checkups and cleanings is the best way to protect your oral health and ensure that your dentures continue to fit and function properly.
Dental implants are the best way to secure your dentures and prevent bone loss that causes your gums to shrink. Dental implants can support partial or full dentures called implant overdentures. If you’re looking for the optimal fit for your dentures, dental implants are the way to go.
For more information about how to care for your dentures and the restorative dentistry services we offer, contact the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mahallati. You can also book an appointment online.